3 years ago

Constraining the early universe with primordial black holes.

Sam Young

In this thesis, the effect of non-Gaussianity upon the abundance of primordial black holes (PBHs), and the implications of such an effect are considered. It is shown that even small non-Gaussianity parameters can have a large effect on the constraints that can be placed on the primordial curvature perturbation power spectrum - which can become stronger or weaker by an order of magnitude. The effects of super-horizon curvature perturbation modes at the time of PBH formation are considered, and it is shown that these have little effect on the formation of a PBH, but can have an indirect effect on the abundance of PBHs due to modal coupling to horizon-scale modes in the presence of non-Gaussianity. By taking into account the effect of modal coupling to CMB-scale modes, many models can be ruled out as a mechanism to produce enough PBHs to constitute dark matter.

Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1801.08654

DOI: arXiv:1801.08654v1

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